Putnam County, West Virginia offers an unexpected experience, in the best way. Our county features over 30 miles of hiking and biking trails, a privately-run obstacle course that hosts race events year-round, and endless possibilities across several outdoor venues that feature wide-open spaces.
Challenge yourself with these activities, then spend an evening strolling historic Main Street in downtown Hurricane featuring boutique shops and delicious local food. Relax in West Virginia’s largest cigar lounge, Almost Havana. Or float the scenic Kanawha River with a stand-up paddleboard lesson from Appalachian Boarding Company. Guests can always find dozens of events, many of which are free and open to the public, by visiting the Events page at VisitPutnamWV.com.
Throughout March experience Tastes and Talents Month, a focus on food and the arts in the community. Restaurants offer specials and new dishes, host local artwork, and there are dozens of Tastes and Talents events such as classes, special shopping opportunities and more throughout the month.
A newly developed trail system, the Meeks Mountain Trails in Hurricane, is home to several miles of challenging hiking trails with incredible features for a mountain bikers delight! Trails range in beginner to some crazy, expert-level structures. In Eleanor, the Eleanor Park Trails feature some of the same elements and are near the County fairgrounds where several events happen throughout the year.
Valley Park, our largest public park, recently went through major upgrades and renovations and features a conference center, new tennis courts, soccer, and baseball fields alongside an ADA-compliant play structure and a 40-yard dash obstacle course. Make a splash at Waves of Fun, a wave pool and waterslide complex, which will be open beginning Memorial Day weekend for fun in the sun.
“Putnam County is perfectly positioned between West Virginia’s two largest cities, Huntington and Charleston,” said Vanessa Ervin Putnam County CVB Director. “This means our visitors can discover the best of West Virginia’s arts and culture, while enjoying small-town charm in the heart of the valley. With dozens of locally-owned restaurants and shops, friendly people, and family-friendly activities, it’s an ideal place to plan a relaxing getaway with access to so many amenities within minutes.”